Honoring the advice WD gave me, while looking at how projects to diminish the "digital divide" are being implemented throughout the world, I decided to follow a series of links on the World Bank site. This chase led me to the BOSCO project.
Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach (BOSCO) relief project is bringing solar battery powered wifi router systems into Northern Uganda to help those in the displacement camps connect and converse as a means of sharing their experience of the war and life in the camps in their own words and "allowing them to articulate their own needs and find solutions to local community development problems." (BOSCO Uganda Relief Project Home Page).
In referencing this project, Siena Anstis noted in her blog that there was a need to find a way to connect the people to the resource of the internet. She suggested showing the farmers how to access information about pests (2010), and called for other for suggestions on how to make the technology relevant to the lives of those living in Northern Uganda.
This reinforced for me the need to assess and understand the cultural component of technology integration, as we read about in prior weeks, when developing project plans. It also provided me another example to ease my concern that "gadgetry" may not be the answer for those who have so many issues of existence to contend with every day.
Anstis, S. (2010, March 23). Beyond Innovative Technology: Teaching Internet. Retrieved April 26, 2010, from You Think! But Did You Know?: http://youthinkblog.worldbank.org/beyond-innovative-technology-teaching-internet
BOSCO Uganda. (n.d.). BOSCO Uganda - Home. Retrieved April 26, 2010, from BOSCO Uganda Relief Project: http://www.bosco-uganda.org/